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Practice Your Pitch

It’s almost December, and you know what that means. Twitter Pitch season. What? That’s not what you were expecting? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me give you some links to check out, then come on back.

#Pitmad is coming up on December 1st. You can read about it on Brenda Drake’s page, here. It’s one of the biggest Twitter pitch events of the year.
#SFFpit is coming up on December 8th. You can read about it on Dan Koboldt’s page, here. This is an event that focuses on fantasy and science fiction. Truth in lending: I’m co-hosting the event this year. pitch

Twitter pitch events are a fun way to potentially connect with agents, but even if you don’t find your dream agent, they’re just fun. Interacting with other writers about books and getting to read their pitches — always a good time. And hey…it’s free. All it costs is a tweet.

To help prepare you for the season, we’re going to run a practice event on November 29th using the hashtag #PraPit  Why PraPit? Because it has the same number of characters as #Pitmad and #SFFpit, so your tweets will be the right length.

How to Play

It’s simple. On the 29th of November, go to the #PraPit hashtag and post your practice twitter pitch. Be sure to include the hashtag in your pitch, so other people can find it. After that, sit back and wait for feedback. We’re reaching out to dozens of experienced authors who will stop by throughout the day to give their thoughts and critiques on the pitches, which will help get you on track before you go live in the contests. While you’re waiting, feel free to comment on other pitches.

This is not an agent event. This is writers helping other writers. Come post your pitch, come comment on the pitches of others, or just come to show support.

The Rules

1. Post your pitch betweeguidelinesn 9 AM and 9 PM eastern. We’re keeping it open late for those who want to participate after work.

2. Include #PraPit in the tweet. Feel free to use other hashtags as well, if they fit your post (You can find a list of standard hashtags on the SFFpit and Pitmad pages. We also encourage participation by diverse writers, who should feel free to use any of the appropriate associated tags.)

3. Try to limit yourself to 3 or 4 pitches, so that people commenting can make it to as many participants as possible.

4. Feel free to favorite! If you love a pitch, show it some love. Since this isn’t an agent event, anybody can favorite a pitch that they think really brings the awesome.

5. Don’t be an asshat. If you’re going to comment, try to be constructive. ‘This sucks’ isn’t useful feedback. ‘Reading this pitch, I don’t understand what the book is about’ is more helpful. Specific ways to make it better would be the most helpful.

6. Don’t argue. If someone takes the time to give you feedback on your pitch, don’t tell them they are wrong. Maybe they *are* wrong. But they still took time to give you advice. You can simply disregard it if you don’t agree. These are your pitches, and you have final say.

7. If you like a pitch, let someone know. ‘This is great’ is useful feedback, and it may be the thing that gives someone the confidence they need to put it out into the contest Twittersphere.
Good luck, and I hope to see you on the hashtag on the 29th.

 

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